Britain-EU Brexit Talks to Start Monday as Planned

Britain-EU Brexit Talks to Start Monday as Planned

Britain-EU Brexit Talks to Start Monday as Planned

The UK's Brexit minister, David Davis, will open divorce talks in Brussels next week with an offer to allow the three million European Union citizens living in Britain the same rights that they have now, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

However, it is unclear how much support Mr Hammond's plans have within the British negotiating team.

Brexit talks had been expected to begin in Brussels next week but May's loss of her parliamentary majority in a snap general election one week ago raised doubts about the date.

That problem is compounded by the fact that May has yet to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party that would give her the extra votes in Parliament she needs for a working majority.

A day after France and Germany both said Britain could reverse Brexit if it wanted, Verhofstadt said Britain's budget rebates and opt outs from European Union rules would disappear if it did so.

But there is also incredulity that the British government is preparing to go into the talks with a hard-line negotiating position when it can not command a majority at home.

May's ruling Conservative party is split more than ever between an anti-EU wing that seeks a radical break from the bloc, and moderates who insist on maintaining close trade ties with Europe.

But the stunning election result has cut May off at the knees.

The other 27 countries who make up the European Union have always said no to that and that the past needs to be sorted out before the future.

"So this would imply that the United Kingdom understands the sequencing".

The Chancellor had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.

Hammond, who reportedly faced the prospect of being fired if May had won big in the election, favors a transitional period to help British companies adapt to life outside the EU.

She is also trying to contain outrage at home over a London tower block fire which left at least 30 people dead.

Economic data is beginning to lend extra weight to the argument for a different approach to Brexit.

But Mrs May has refused to enter into discussions with the other parties to agree on a consensus for Britain's European Union exit.

Asked whether Davis had shifted his position, a British official referred to a statement released by Davis's ministry on Friday which repeated calls for the withdrawal terms and future relationship to be "agreed alongside each other".

Macron said during a press conference with May in Paris on Tuesday that "of course the door is always open as long as the negotiations on Brexit have not finished".

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